My Cambodia adventure has been nothing less than hectic. In fact I’ve made it to my 4th destination, Sihanoukville in under 10 days! Every day has been packed with full day tours, from the early morning sunrise to the late afternoon. Moving from one place to the next. Cambodia is such a diverse place to be, all depending on what you want to do. Temples, a walk through history and the aftermath of Khmer Rouge, living lazy days off a beach or go hiking. There is no shortage of things to do. I’ve managed to squeeze in too much in a very short amount of time. My body and mind is exhausted, and it’s telling me to slooow down. I can feel the flu creepin’ in if don’t stop and just relax for a couple of days. What a better way to relax and enjoy life, than on a beach? I made it to Sihanoukville yesterday, and spent a night in a super chill hostel, called Boho hostel. And it truly lives up to it’s name. Everything is bohemian with wooden tables, the most gorgeous turquoise colour on the interior. It reminds me of what my pallet sofa looked like on the balcony of my old Oslo apartment. This place looks much like my future home one day. Colorful, chill and artsy with a hint of bohemian! The hostel is owned by a french woman named Emily, and managed by a friendly english guy named Henry. Cool cuban beats are playing during the day, and old jazz Aretha Franklin songs in the afternoons. This spot has everything you need, and when the pool is finished, I’m sure this will be THE hot spot for backpackers and tourists alike. Boho hostel fits perfectly in the slow chill vibe Sihanoukville has going on. For the price of 5 dollars a night, you get a clean nice room, a beautiful bathroom with gorgeous tiles. If it weren’t for the fact that you sleep in the same room as 5 other people, this would not feel like a hostel. And did I mention the food is amazing? There is a very playful kitten you can play with all day long, so eat your heart out animal lovers.
And the best part, it’s located only a short 5 minute walk to otres beach. The beach has beautiful white sand, the water is so clean, and you basically have the whole place to yourself, there is almost no people here. As I mentioned in my previous post, in 10 years Cambodia will look amazing. This little piece of untouched paradise will not last forever. So if you can overlook the fact that there is a lot of trash in many areas, you will have an amazing time wherever you go. Don’t forget this is Asia, not all countries have the luxury of being as clean as Japan. Cambodia has endured so much destruction, the country is very poor, and it takes time to rebuild a whole country. Many children do not get to go to school, they have to help their parents work. In a perfect world there wouldn’t be any plastic, garbage, pollution, poverty or animal cruelty, but we don’t live in a perfect world. All we can do is educate ourselves, try to do what you can to help others and help save the environment. A thing I have started to do, to reduce my impact on the environment, is to say no to plastic, plastic bags, plastic straws, bring my own water bottle to refill whenever possible, and feed the strays I can. It’s easy to walk around all high and mighty, and judge upon people’s way of living, but judging will help no one. Through gaining knowledge we are one step closer in helping this planet, the people living in it, by spreading the word about what we see, hear and learn. That is why travel blogging is such a great way to communicate to friends and family about what to do, and what not do.
Last night the rain was pouring down, I awoke shivering and cold only to realise I left my birkin sandals outside, on the footsteps to my dorm room. The sandals were soaked, and cold. They did need a proper washing though, but when you only have one pair of shoes that’s not flipflops, wet shoes will be a very unpleasant experience. Hopefully the weather will clear up, because I’m going to Koh Rong Samloen today, for some much needed island R&R. I’m staying at driftwood hostel, a bed in a 16 bed dorm room only cost 12 dollars for 3 nights!! I can’t believe how easy it is to get used to sleeping in hostels. According to Henry, who were the one to recommend this place, said this is the perfect spot if you are looking for a relaxing time away from the party scene. There is no wifi, so I’ll go incognito for some days. I do have 3G on my phone, but I might just turn it off and be at peace with the beach and the ocean. Now I gotta go check out of my room, my pickup is at 2 o’clock and I need to start planning my trip to Vietnam. Have a absolutely beautiful day everyone!